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When William Faulkner was asked by the Paris Review to share his thoughts on the art of fiction inhe offered several useful pieces of advice to the aspiring author. Perhaps Faulkner was thinking of his novel The Sound and the Fury when he said this, as it is a book that takes the reader through the same story four times, from the perspective of four different characters — at which point readers just might, with luck and perseverance, have managed to piece together the narrative.
When he finished the novel, Faulkner took it to his friend and acting agent, Ben Wasson, and said to him: It opens inside the mind of the "idiot", Benjy, a year-old man who has the mind of a small child.
Benjy used to be described as "severely retarded"; he is now sometimes called "autistic", but as he is a fictional character in an era when such diagnoses were unavailable, it makes no sense to argue over what is "really" wrong with Benjy.
It is a kind of detective fiction, the kind that drives some readers crazy: All reading requires the reader to infer meaning: The edition is unquestionably beautiful, a bibliophilic fantasy: It is not a question that Ross and Polk presume to answer easily; indeed, they acknowledge, it raises new questions: Together they tell the story of the decay of the American South.
William Faulkner was born William Cuthbert Falkner on 25 Septemberin New Albany, Mississippi; soon his family had relocated to Oxford, the town where he would live the rest of his life, and reinvent as the fictional Jefferson. When the young Falkner tried to join the air force inhe was rejected for being too short.
Deciding to pass himself off as an Englishman and enlist in the Canadian RAF, he changed the spelling of his name to Faulkner and invented a mythical British family for himself, using a forged letter of reference from one Reverend Edward Twimberly-Thorndyke.
For whatever reasons, he never changed the spelling back when he went on to invent the equally mythical clans of Yoknapatawpha. He was convinced that his next novel, Flags in the Dustthe first Yoknapatawpha story, was his best yet, but to his shock his publishers turned it down; heavily edited, it was eventually published as Sartoris in The experience, said Faulkner, led to the breakthrough of The Sound and the Fury, as he gave up on publishers and set out to write the book he wanted to write.
Although his books were admired by other writers, Faulkner lived and wrote in relative obscurity for the first decade or so, until he wrote a bestseller called Sanctuary in ; it owed its success to its scandalously violent sexual content, including a scene in which a young woman is raped with a corncob and is turned by this experience into a prostitute for no apparent reason other than Victorian morality.
Inhe was awarded the Nobel prize for literature, and two of his subsequent novels, A Fable and The Reiverswhich was published posthumously inboth won the Pulitzer. But the novel is also layered with what Faulkner called "counterpoint" — careful patterns of words and images to create an artistic unity that transcends the fragmented perspectives on display.
He claimed this "tragedy of two lost women: Caddy and her daughter" came to him first as an image of a little girl with symbolically muddy drawers; he loved it most, he said, because it "caused me the most grief and anguish, as the mother loves the child who became the thief or murderer more than the one who became the priest".
The Sound and the Fury was always the book that Faulkner felt "tenderest toward," he said, "the most gallant, the most magnificent failure" of all his novels.Many artists, entertainers, and media professionals have publicly questioned the official account of 9/ Several even allege government complicity in the terrible acts of 9/ A contemporary review of a play I did not see: Come In Razor Red - broadcast 14th February starring Richard Harris Script: Rod Serling Director: Alvin Rakoff A review by G Taylor- "Mud, shells, mortars, blood and guts figured prominently in a razor sharp play by .
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